Saafa va­ri­ety show high­lights lo­cal tal­ent

Talk of the Town - - News - ROB KNOWLES

Al­though at­ten­dance at the evening per­for­mance of the South African Air Force As­so­ci­a­tion (Saafa) va­ri­ety show was poorly at­tended, those who did make it to ei­ther the mati­nee or the evening show, seemed to have en­joyed the en­ter­tain­ment on of­fer.

The show, in its sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year, took place at the Don Powis Hall at Set­tlers Park on Satur­day af­ter­noon and again in the evening.

Chil­dren from Nd­lambe and Makana made their pres­ence felt with some in­spi­ra­tional per­for­mances, in­clud­ing act­ing, po­etry, singing and par­tic­u­larly danc­ing.

Other en­ter­tain­ment ranged from the dis­tinc­tive mu­sic of the bag­pipes, played by pipe vir­tu­oso Christo­pher Pre­to­rius, to hip-hop dance rou­tines from Sha-Loui Dance School and Scot­tish danc­ing from Pixie High­land Danc­ing Academy in Gra­ham­stown, to a song from lo­cal song­bird Ni­cole Adams. This was a treat for ev­ery­one as Ni­cole’s voice is pow­er­ful and her range im­pres­sive.

The show showed the tal­ent avail­able in the area as well as giv­ing youth the op­por­tu­nity to shine do­ing some­thing they ob­vi­ously love to do.

There were po­etry read­ings and a few scenes per­formed by Anne Green’s Ever­green The­atre Com­pany that were well re­ceived, but a few other per­form­ers who were meant to at­tend failed to show.

Rob Knowles was the MC and kept the show flow­ing, even per­form­ing a few songs in place of acts that did not show up.

Lyn Lapham was the or­gan­iser of the event and fin­ished the evening show by mim­ing to Bette Mi­dler’s with Knowles act­ing out the words. Lo­cal Saafa pres­i­dent Hugh Holmes said he was dis­ap­pointed with the turnout and won­dered why so few Saafa mem­bers at­tended.

He also ques­tioned whether there would be a third year for the show as its in­ten­tion is to raise funds for re­tired ser­vice­men – air­men who had fought for SA dur­ing its many wars both abroad and at the coun­try’s bor­ders.

“We need the sup­port of our own mem­bers if these shows are to be a suc­cess,” said Holmes.

SCOT­TISH FLAVOUR: Christo­pher Pre­to­rius played a med­ley of Scot­tish tunes to en­ter­tain

Pic­tures: ROB KNOWLES

EV­ERY­BODY WANTS TO BE A CAT: The chil­dren from the Sha-Loui Dance School per­form to the ‘Aris­to­cats’ clas­sic song at the South African Air Force As­so­ci­a­tion va­ri­ety show, held at Set­tlers Park on Satur­day

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